As most of you know Jake & I got engaged over the summer! And I’ve made it my mission, as The Honest Consumer, to plan a sustainable & socially responsible wedding…or at least as conscious of a wedding as I can plan because I’m not so sure that the wedding industry is 100% there yet. From the ring (learn about my MiaDonna ethical engagement ring here) to the reception, I’m trying to make responsible decisions and support businesses who care about people, the planet, and the greater good. We finally settled on a date in March 2020…if you’re going to try to lecture me on having a long engagement please refer here. Now that you’re caught up and the sass is out of the way here’s an update on the sustainable wedding plans….it’s a slow process!
Finding a socially responsible venue was tricky….we are getting married in our hometown near Dallas and Texas isn’t exactly the most socially responsible, forward thinking place. So I think that made it even more tricky. We have a large guest list and are trying to stick to a budget (which I’m learning is INCREDIBLY hard in the wedding industry). BUT I’m happy with the place we signed on. We signed on a modern, yet charming building that has a ballroom and a chapel all under one roof. Less driving for our guests and a lower carbon footprint from our wedding because people will not have to drive to and from a ceremony & reception.
As for food, I had some ideas for local vendors, but the place we ended up signing with requires us to use their caterers which I found out is a farm to table catering company supporting farmers around the Dallas area. I’ll be going to a tasting within the next few months and am excited to learn more. I’ve got my list of questions going such as what happens to the excess food after the event? And if nothing is set in stone I plan to request donating any leftover food.
Save the Dates & Invites
This is something I started researching and I’m so excited to share with you all. I’ve found some really innovative socially responsible companies creating eco-friendly wedding invites! Stay tuned because I’ll post a list of suggestions and a post about the company I decided to go with! I can’t wait to receive the save the dates! So far finding sustainable invitations has been the easiest category of sustainable wedding planning.
There are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of research to be done for this so stay tuned! I’ve found some wonderful sustainable wedding vendors I’m excited to feature throughout the next year.